World Kindness Week

November 9-13 marks World Kindness Week. Admittedly, 2020 has seen its share of sadness, stress, and hardship for so many people. The news is teeming with pandemic-related stories of illness and death, unemployment, and lost businesses. Fortunately, there also seems to be an abundance of stories relating to acts of kindness, large and small. I seek out these stories as an antidote to the sadness.

Is there a better time to observe a week that focuses on acts of kindness? You may be thinking that you don’t have time or the opportunity in these Covid-restricted times. Small acts of kindness can have a big impact! Consider some of the following suggestions:

*Say please and thank you

*Ask the clerk in a store how they are and really listen when they respond.

*Volunteer at a local food bank.

*Bring in your neighbor’s trash cans.

*Pay for coffee for the person behind you at the drive-through.

*Hold the door for the person behind you.

*Pay someone a compliment.

*Let someone go ahead of you in traffic.

*Send a card or call someone you’ve been out of touch with.

Most of these things cost little or nothing but they can be just what someone needed on a given day.

It’s nice to have a week to highlight acts of kindness, but we know that this should just be a part of every day each week. The great thing about doing acts of kindness is the boomerang effect it has. The happy feeling comes back to you and the recipient often feels the urge to pass it on. I’d love to hear some of your suggestions! Feel free to leave a comment.

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